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Athletics

leadWELL Program


leadWELL Program

Program Goal: To increase informal health related conversations on campus

Program Rationale: Peer education programs have been shown to effectively promote healthy behaviors. The popularity for using peer education programs to drive behavior change stems from research suggesting that peers who share common experiences, culture, and status may be more credible sources than traditional adult health educators.

Program Objectives
  • Increase conversations about health behaviors among athletes.
  • Increase athletes’ knowledge of on-campus resources that support positive health habits.
  • Increase referrals from peers to on-campus resources that support positive health habits.
  • Improve health behaviors that contribute to improved performance and well-being among athletes.

Program Content: Primary content areas are: alcohol and other drug use, stress, sleep, sexual health, relationship and dating violence, body image and nutrition, and diversity.

Program Assessment: Research conducted on the 2011 – 2013 WELLWVU leadWELL program showed that students who engaged in health related conversations with their peers and who had heard of a health related resource from a peer were more than twice as likely to make a positive behavior change than those who did not.